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Washing of Feet

Reflect At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his apostles’ feet—even those of Judas, his betrayer. Pray Dear Jesus,I want to love and forgive as you do, but I often fail.People annoy me, and I lose patience.Or I am oblivious to their needs, wrapped up in my own instead.Give me a tender heart that sees people

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Giving Up and Giving In

Reflect Lent is not only a time of “giving up.” It’s also a time of “giving in” to God’s will for our lives. It’s a time of “giving out” to the people who need our help, “giving over” control of our hearts to the Holy Spirit, and “giving away” the clutter and business that keeps

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How to Grow in Holiness 

By virtue of our Baptism and Confirmation, we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This author offers practical ways we can cultivate them in our everyday lives. 

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God Has Overcome the World

Reflect The world can be cruel and heartbreaking, and I can’t always find God in it. Jesus reminds us, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, for I have conquered the world” (Jn 16:33). Pray Dear Jesus,Life in this world is full of trouble.The world says, “There is no God,”but then I

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Learn From the Waterfowl

Reflect It’s tough to be patient when we are waiting for God to act in our lives. One recent morning I watched a snowy egret. She stood patiently in the shallow water of the sound–nearly motionless–for almost an hour. She knew if she waited long enough she’d be rewarded with breakfast, and sure enough she

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No Need to Worry

Reflect Sometimes my worry about the people I love manifests itself as a desire to control their choices or influence their behavior. I try to keep them safe in a bubble of my own design. Pray Dear Lord, it is so hard to relinquish control over the lives of the people I love.Please help me

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